Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Weeks 8 - 10: Pumpkins and Halloween

The past three weeks were filled with lots of Halloween art and activities (and school) during the weekdays and theater auditions and shows on the weekends. We got to have fun with Freddie who had Fall break and visited for a few days! Jem finished up his run of Music Man. He was very sad to see it end. After his good byes, we headed for the car. Then he wanted to go back and give "one more hug"  to everyone. When we got back to the car and started to drive off, he just burst into tears. It's hard to leave a show family when it has been a good run, and this one was really good. He'll have great memories. The very next day he had an audition for The Velveteen Rabbit. He ended up getting the part of the Boy which is what he was going for. So rehearsals started at the end of the week, and we are right back into it :) .  Meanwhile, Scout auditioned for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and got the part of Beth who is a main character and also the narrator. At the same time she is still rehearsing for her Kids Alive performance which is coming up. Sounds like way too much right? But the kids are perfectly happy with it. They love doing it, and it fulfills a social need for them that they don't get during the day. Plus, they both say it's what they want to do when they grow up. I know that will probably change, but what if it doesn't? I feel like I should give them the opportunity to pursue what they are passionate about if I can. So meanwhile, our schedule is crazy, but we make it work. :)

Here's what our days have looked like over the past 3 weeks:

Preschool

Ghosts
Cutting Practice


                   Drawing Ghosts and Shapes in Shaving Cream   


    HOW  MANY GHOSTS   page and ghost counters from Target


      G IS FOR GHOST                                       GHOST NUMBER CARDS      



                         Ghost pancakes
      THREE GHOST FRIENDS 
           MAGNET PAGES


                                            SPELL YOUR COLOR WORDS WITH
                                                        THREE GHOST FRIENDS


Pumpkins


                                           ROLL AND COVER THE PUMPKIN



                       Making Glitter Pumpkins - have I mentioned that I HATE glitter? 
                                         How did I get talked into this one???



                    Pumpkin Color by Number for Sarah and by Math Problems for Flossie.

 Pumpkin Exploration. We used our NOWVILLE EXPLORATION PAGE and this PUMPKIN INVESTIGATION WORKSHEET.  Flossie got right in there and cleaned out all of here seeds all by herself. Sarah did NOT like the feel of the inside of the pumpkin. She said it was GROSS! Both girls were very surprised when their pumpkins floated. Sarah was sure her pumpkin would sink even after seeing Flossie's float. Flossie hated the taste of the pumpkin seeds we cooked. Sarah loved them! I let the girls count their seeds by themselves without any help just to see how they would do. They did this together. They counted perfectly up to twenty and then they asked for help. I told them what came next and then they started counting on their own again. Somehow they came up with something like 35 seeds. There were clearly way more than that, but that was ok. We haven't really worked too much on higher numbers. I was busy printing out their pictures for their lab sheets and was just listening with one ear :)  The talk between the two of them about what number should come next was funny. There was lots of giggling going on.








Pumpkin Shapes and Symmetry


From a seed to a pumpkin using HOW A PUMPKIN GROWS sequence cards 
and these PUMPKIN LIFE CYLE printables.

Halloween



We used  HALLOWEEN PATTERNS  from Learning Planet and  HALLOWEEN SORT cards from Three Ghost Friends to practice patterns.
 
 Q-TIP SKELETONS

 

Sarah's had painted nails :)



                                                   KIRIGAMI SPIDERWEBS





Eyeball Sorting




                                                    PONY BEAD SPIDERS


 Other Preschool Activities


                               Using our  SEE IT, BUILD IT, WRITE IT page to work on names


                                                      Water Play Tub
 A   Waterfall at the Library

                                                         Sara's 4th Birthday!!

                                      Having fun waiting in line at the craft store
Pink glitter glue!
Making bead bracelets


                                                       Cutting practice - Fall leaves



                                                            Q-TIP COUNTING



                                                  Fold and rub fall colors paintings


                       Daily Calendar Notebooks - The new page on the left is from
                                           Confessions of a Homeschooler.

 
 Big Kids

 Halloween



                                Making a haunted mansion and some glitter pumpkins


Even Bella couldn't resist a pink glitter pumpkin!






            Mummy pizzas                                                              Bead spiders




                                                                 The Joker


                                                           Harley Quinn




Boo!
Our past 3 weeks ended with this years' JDRF Walk for the Cure. As usual it was a crazy rush to get our team shirts made and get ourselves organized at the last minute. I did manage to get a WALK VIDEO made to help get donations. It was really hard to make! Brought back a lot of memories. Most not so good. But I was reminded of how far we have come and how well we are doing, how much we have learned. Each day brings new challenges, but so far, knock on wood, we have been able to handle them. Anyway, walk day was physically hard (the walk is so darn long!), but fun. Jem is always excited to have everyone come out for his special day. It makes having Diabetes a good thing for that one day. Thanks to everyone who walked with us in person and in heart!








On to November!!

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